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Offline Peter Mair

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« 2019-Mar-18, 09:45 AM Reply #175 »


.....................the Everest 2nd year crowd hit 40k.


That may be -- but the number of complimentary 'members tickets' distributed by RNSW  was politely disclosed in references to the 'packed' members stand on the day .

RVL could have done that but Melbourne is more gentlemanly -- full of the good intentions and hopeful aspirations that paved the road to the 'helluva mess' that the ASSM became.

RVL is coming close to being redundant to the future of racing in Australia -- at every step and turn it goes the wrong way.

Paying substantial prize money down to 10th was a step into the void.


.... the small mercy is that whatever RVL does next is irrelevant until late-September.

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« 2019-May-27, 08:39 AM Reply #176 »


ONE STAR FALLS -- will  All Star Mile be run again?


A new challenge for RVL chief 'Miles' Thompson  -- to redeem an astonishing embarrassment.

..............from the SMH this morning:

The inaugural $5 million All Star Mile at Flemington ran for the first time in March.

Then, for reasons unknown, the woman who came up with the whole thing departed.

Racing Victoria’s chief commercial officer Jane Ballantyne has been made redundant.




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« 2019-Aug-13, 08:17 PM Reply #177 »


A star falls from heaven again -- RVL continues to astonish

Last year, RVL eventually realized that 'letting the punters vote' for 'popular starters' was a stupid thing to do.

Given a year to regroup and put the '(no) star mile' on a sound footing RVL has not passed the test.

The new offering is a hybrid combining 'punter votes' (read stable follower votes) and the 'no-wild-card' discretion for RVL to over-ride the 'elected' pick of class captain chosen by the voting class-clowns.

We now have a shambles -- the clowns can now vote for BM 80 horses to get a run while RVL can make the clown vote irrelevant by selecting top-class runners.

That should sort out the 'winner' but it does not deal with the wasteful distribution of subsatntial racing funds to those 'elected' runners finishing down to last  -- all this with the prospect still of a field inflated with the 'elected' no-hopers running amok and delivering an unfair outcome.

..... one can only wonder what is going on at RVL   ........... astonishing decisions determined to lose the race with RNSW.

Be very wary of the (no) star mile to be run in 2020.




Offline napes

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« 2019-Aug-14, 10:29 AM Reply #178 »
If there was an all stars for dribblers you would be the first one in.

Offline ianb

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« 2019-Aug-14, 11:48 AM Reply #179 »
What they have really done is got rid of Foundry (who was scratched anyway) and Urban Ruler. Balf's Choice,Man Of His Word and Mr Money Bags would still be able to run.

An additional 5 instead of 4 is a step in the right direction and the dropping of the prize money for the no hopers to $50 000 is also a plus.

I think the rules are far too liberal for the 3 year olds- bench mark 70 and a placing in a listed race is far too easy for them.

Good to see the NZs able to vote. However I'm thinking that there will be some sort of rort come out of NZ( maybe half the field will be from NZ). The $50 000 for the last 5 horses will mean a lot more to them than for horses in Australia.

So overall an improvement Mr Carpenter but I fear the race will still end up like this year.

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« 2019-Aug-14, 07:45 PM Reply #180 »


What do the professional members of the racing media clan think?

........ clearly, not much usually -- but they could make this a special focus given the needed thought is minimal.


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